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Microtek OS X driver schedule, 8700 posted
Microtek has posted OS X drivers fo ScanMaker 8700 Pro Design as well as a release schedule for OS X drivers for its remaining product line. ScanWizard Pro 7.0 for OS X, which works with ScanMaker 8700 is available to registered owners for a two-week limited time.
iRez Kritter drivers coming for Mac OS X
Andreas Tellefsen notes that IOXperts does indeed plan to offer Mac OS X drivers for its iRez Kritter USB camera. "We wrote the Mac OS 9 driver, and we just need to tie up some loose ends before we can commit." The company also recently posted USB Still Camera Driver 1.0b7 for OS X, which is compatible with iPhoto and the Image Capture Application in OS X. [updated]
WAP group, others to travel to NYC for MWNY
The Washington Apple Pi (WAP) user group has planned a one-day bus trip to Macworld Expo in New York City, this July. Over the past several years, the annual trip has increased in popularity and attendance. The two-to-three-bus trip will begin early morning July 18 and end late evening when the Mac enthusiasts return home to Rockville, Maryland. Contact WAP.
DENIM 1.0 helps designers
DENIM v1.0 is a tool for Web site designers that assists in the initial planning stages of a development project. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels and unifies the levels through zooming.
MicroNet ships new RAID offerings
MicroNet Technology today announced the reintroduction of the best-selling MicroNet Advantage Series of RAID storage solutions. The devices are available in SCSI to IDE and Fibre Channel to IDE configurations. This series attempts to offer "more Gig for your Buck" with four to twelve-bay rack arrangements and pricing from $2,345.
Digital Voodoo intros new HD Fury
Digital Voodoo today introduced the HD Fury, a high-definition capture and playback card featuring one HD SDI Input, an HD SDI Output and eight channels of AES/EBU Digital Audio. "The HD Fury brings 10 bit HD to the Mac, which the industry has been asking for," said Matt Dowling, Product Manager at Digital Voodoo. The card, which will ship in the second quarter of 2002, is priced at $12,000.
LassoSites showcases Lasso-based Web sites
LassoDevelopment today announced the launch of LassoSites, an online resource showcasing the growing number of Web sites that are powered by Lasso technology -- a new competitor to the PHP and Perl development languages. Sites that are listed on LassoSites allow Web developers to contact each other and view open source program code.
Mac forum: Voodoo 3 2000 can work under OS X
A Mac users discuss success with using the Voodoo 3 2000 video card and Mac OS X on Singapore-based MacRebels. No drivers are officially available for the product.
Granite Digital announces the New Aluminum Ul
Granite Digital unveiled today its new Aluminum Ultra Cool Series of FireWire enclosures at NAB 2002. Each removable drive bay uses a Granite Digital FireVue IEEE1394 to IDE bridge controller. Customers can order removable drive trays without drives or pre-configured chassis with 3.5" ATA hard disks installed. The FireWire device manufacturer's products are target at professional users who run applications like Final Cut Pro.
NETsettings NowPod 1.0 for Now Contact users
NETsettings NowPod 1.0 is a freeware application that transfers contact information from Now Contact 4.x to the iPod. It offers the ability to transfer a subset of the contact list, sort names, auto-import on launch, auto-save to a connected iPod, and options to export specific addresses/phone numbers. The application adds smart formatting of company names and other enhancements.
Olympus releases CamediaMaster Pro 4.0
Olympus has announced the availability of its new CamediaMaster Pro 4.0 software. The OS X-compatible photo suite instantly downloads images, creates albums and HTML pages, edits & stitches, adds sounds and slideshows, and prints photos, calendars and postcards. The $40 software is not included with Olympus’ digital cameras.
Layout Master 1.1: HTML, CSS layout
WestCiv has released Layout Master 1.1, an HTML and CSS web page layout editor for "working quickly and intuitively with HTML elements and the CSS positioning properties." The $50 application offers flexible layouts (em, percentage or pixel units), drag & drop support, nudge/align tools, and integration with current HTML, WYSIWYG, text and CSS tools. A 30-day demo is available.
EntourAid 1.0 recovers Entourage databases
EntourAid 1.0 is an $18 shareware utility that attempts to repair corrupted Entourage databases, especially those hit by the 2GB limit bug: "Extensive tests have nominal yields of between 70% to 90% of full email recovery (attachments included)." A free trial is limited to recovery of 20 messages.
PYRO DV Drive captures DV directly
ADS has announced its new digital video solution for DV direct-to-disc storage: the PYRO DV Drive captures DV video from a FireWire-enabled camcorder onto its 20GB high-performance hard drive. It has a built-in rechargeable battery, is enclosed in a sleek silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA, and includes acessories such as a six pin-to-four pin FireWire cable (drive-camcorder), six pin-to-six pin FireWire cable (drive-computer), power supply and belt clip. It is expected to ship in June 2002 for $500. ADS is also shipping its PYRO 2.5" Drive Kit, a $120 external enclosure that converts notebook hard drives to external IEEE 1394/FireWire storage devices. The Drive Kit is completely bus powered through one of the two 6-pin FireWire ports (or through an optional included USB power cable) and features the Oxford 911 chipset.
Carbon Copy Cloner 1.2 helps migrate OS X
Mike Bombich's Carbon Copy Cloner 1.2 helps users back-up and copy OS X installations from one partittion to another. Version 1.2 of the shareware adds complete Japanese, French, and German localizations as well as an option not to unlock files on the source disk, an event log, and support for blank passwords.
Westlake posts Unreal Tournament X PR3
Westlake Interactive has released an updated preview release of its first-person shooter for OS X, Unreal Tournament X PR3. The updater brings improved mouse control (now with sensitivity similar to Mac OS 9), support for mouse wheels and up to 3 mouse buttons, and a fix for a menu textures issue. Westlake also recently announced that Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is now in beta testing, noting that the company is ahead of its original schedule, "so a ship date before the original August target looks very probable." The company is also currently beta testing Clive Barker's Undying, which it says should be "wrapped up over the next few weeks." Both beta titles will be published by Aspyr.
dxpPlay: freeware visual plugin for iTunes
The free visual plugin for iTunes, dxpPlay, creates a "series of vistas where changing particles with differing behaviors respond to the music. A modular design allows the loading of included variation files."
Zayante deal brings ex-Apple employees back
Apple's announced acquisition of Zayante brought at least two ex-Apple employees back to work for the company:
- Michael Johas Teener (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer) was the chief architect of Apple's FireWire technology, and he is the former chair and editor of the 1394-1995 standard as well as the originator of the P1394b gigabit effort. From 1988 to 1996, he worked with Apple Computer as the company's "plumbing architect" for low-cost interconnects, the technical lead of the Firewire project and a major contributor to much of the technology now consolidated under the 1394 standards.
- Jay Hamlin (Senior Systems Engineer) made original contributions to the Pippin user input device and to FireWire by writing and demonstrating the first isochronous streaming video application.
Apple begins new LCD, AirPort promos
Apple has quietly begun new AirPort Base Station and Power Mac G4/flat-panel promos, following the end of its Screen Saver Promo on March 31st (which offered $100, $300, and $500 back on 15", 17" and 22" LCD displays, respectively).
Miglia acquires Power•R's Director's Cut
Miglia Technology today announced the acquisition of the intellectual property and sole rights to Power•R’s Director’s Cut analog/digital video converter. The original Director’s Cut (’Take 1’), as sold by Power•R, will still be available through Miglia’s distribution channel, as well as Director's Cut “Take 2”. Both products are now manufactured in the United Kingdom. The company promises further development of the products, has extended the warranty on new products to 2 years, and will provide free technical support to any user of Power•R’s Director’s Cut (honoring all previous warranties).
Default Folder X 1.1 for open/save dialogs
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.1, an update to its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in OS X. The update offers numerous enhancements and fixes, including improved performance, better compatibility, and a number of new options as well as improved compatibility with Office X, Tex-Edit, Goldberg, Pando Calendar, and other applications. The $35 shareware is available as a $20 upgrade and as a limited demo. It currently only works with Carbon applications.
QPS shipping new Que! 40x CD-RW drive
QPS is shipping its new Que! 40x CD-RW drive that offers 40x write, 12x rewrite, and 48x read support. It offers a 4MB buffer and support for the latest buffer technology that eliminates most buffer underrun errors. Mac software is available with the FireWire model ($300); both USB 2.0 (not yet Mac-compatible) and IDE versions are also availalable for $250 and $180.
SwapTop 1.6 updates desktop pict manager
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.6, an update to its shareware ($15) Desktop Picture management utility that allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.6 restores the daily download feature by allowing automatic login to the Webshots network, and fixes a bug where the desktop could fail to be updated after the machine had been slept.
Apple DVD Studio Pro 1.5 offers OS X support
Apple has announced DVD Studio Pro 1.5, an OS X compatible version of its professsional DVD authoring solution. The $1000 application offers support for motion or still menus, web links, multiple language tracks, up to 99 video tracks -- each enhanced with up to 8 different shot angles, 8 separate audio streams, and up to 32 subtitle streams. The package includes Corel Photo-Paint and BIAS Peak DV. The Apple Store lists a ship date of 1-2 days; upgrades are $200.[updated]
Apple intros Cinema Tools for Final Cut Pro
Apple today also announced Cinema Tools 1.0 for Final Cut Pro, a $1000 suite of advanced tools for film and 24P HD (high definition) video that includes tools for editing video at a 24-fps rate, such as import/export of 24-fps EDLs and conversion of 30-fps NTSC and 25-fps PAL video to 24 fps. It is expected to ship in May.
SETI@home 3.07 fixes bug in client
A new SETI@home 3.07 client is available for OS X, fixing problems when running the client without administrator privileges, properly sending large result files (and ensuring proper credit), and correcting HTTP headers for better support for through transparent proxies. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.)
MenuMachine 1.0: builds drop-down menus
MenuMachine 1.0 is a new extension for Adobe GoLive 6 that allows you to quickly and easily build and edit drop-down hierarchical menus with fully editable menus, WYSIWIG preview, images/text, GoLive integration, relative positioning options, link management, and support for most browsers. It is available for $40 for a limited time.
iPhoto to PhotoToWeb Exporter 1.0 released
Stone Design has released iPhoto to PhotoToWeb Exporter 1.0, a free Exporter PlugIn for Apple’s iPhoto that lets you completely control the look and feel of your photo website by using Stone Design's $70 PhotoWeb application.
Roundup: Zayante, OSX Security, Toast 5.1.3
Yesterday we noted Apple's acquisition of Zayante, a new OS X April 2002 Security Update, Canvas 8.03, and Roxio's Toast Titanium 5.1.3. Other recent important updates include Apple's NVIDIA Driver Update 3.0, Adobe's After Effects Plug-In Power Pack for AE 5.5, AppleWorks 6.2.4 updates, Apple's WWDC Session Outlines, and Apple's BlueTooth Software Preview.
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